- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Trolley Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190456383X
- ISBN-13: 978-1904563839
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gentlemen of Bacongo Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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About the Author
Daniele Tamagni is an Italian photographer and art historian, with a particular fascination and focus on African culture and society. He moved into photography after working as a researcher in museums, galleries and churches. In 2007 he won the best portfolio in the Canon Young Photographer award for Italy with his images of Congolese dandies.
Top Customer Reviews
I was astonished when I first picked up this book, for the cover alone is enough to grab the eye and beckon at the treasures of Black style held within. Page after page of not only extraordinary haberdashery but Black MEN at their sartorial finest - refreshing and even comforting, in an era of sagging pants and t-shirts as style.
The book certainly affirms that the roots of Black Style in the African Diaspora lie in Africa, and is a reminder of the sartorial splendor of the African American men of my "old-school" generation. Although the book describes the origin of the incredible look of the Sape as originating in their contact with European fashion, make no mistake - this book is about style as it emanates from Africa itself.
Contrary to reviewers who believe that the book is physically too small, this book made me feel as if I had a treasure in hand, a small, secret tome for the cognoscenti of style. Although I'd love to see, one day, a "cocktail table" sized book on the Sape, this small size made me feel as if even *I* was a part of this exclusive, arcane society of serious dressers. This is an exquisite book, beautifully photographed yet unflinching in depicting the finery of these men (and even a few women) in the midst of urban squalor - not unlike the men in the 'hood, here in the US. I was reminded of the slick, sharp, studied dressing in my hometown Detroit, a generation ago, where sharp-suited men reigned in on the corners of 12th Street - down the street from Motown.Read more ›
A lot of people do not quite understand that the cult of sape is really about an elegant rebellion against the oppression of drabness, uniformity, and herd mentality that characterized many African countries in the post-Independence period. To see this as simply a troop of misguided dandies spending money on garments they can ill afford is to miss the point.
Sape is not just about dress. It is about assertion of character. Tamagni, the author, has captured this cultural resistance in a brilliant edition. I hope to see an expanded second edition that extends the coverage to similar trends in Congo Kin, Cote dÍvoire, and other francophone countries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very small. The layout is poor with photos split between two pages so you can't really see the wonderful clothes. It is outrageously overpriced. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jacquelyn Roach
This is such a charming book, not least because books on men's style are rare, but because there is an interesting social positive to the story of these men in The Congo. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Matthew D Lucas
This book is inspiring - the colors alone are terrific!
The energy just comes bouncing off the pages!~
Very well put to together.
As another reviewer has pointed out, the person who said the book does not "contextualize" the pictures must have missed the [drum roll] introductions, which give _extensive_... Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by desmond